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Ontario, STAR, 20 March 1974, page 30
men held by space visitors have passed lie detection examination
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A weird thing happened to Charles
Hickson and Calvin parker Jr. as they stood casting for
croakers in the Pascagoula River.
They said a spaceship hovered nearby and three pale, wrinkled
creatures seized them, took them inside for an examination,
then let them go.
Mystified investigators found no logical way to debunk the
Authorities said whatever happened undoubtedly was a soul-searing
experience for Hickson, a 45-year-old shipyard foreman,
and his young visitor, the son of a family friend.
It took place last Oct. 11 near the beginning of a great
flap over Unidentified Flying Objects - UFOs - along the
done everything I can to prove I'm telling the truth,"
Hickson said recently.
He is a slightly stooped man of middle height with a monkish
fringe of hair, a slow and serene Mississippi drawl. He
has four children and lately has been working two jobs,
which occupy him from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
long as I'm working, I don't have any problems, but when
I don't have anything to do, I sit and think," he said.
don't reckon I'll ever get over trying to figure out where
they came from and why they picked me."
Hickson's report, briefly stated, was:
He and Parker, 19, were fishing at an old shipyard site
which has since been scraped clean for new construction.
At the time, it bore the run of a barge drydock, two rusty
iron piers, a jumble of auto hulks, empty bottles and beer
Though it seemed an isolated spot, it was not. Pascagoula
is directly across the 100-yard-wide river. Huge shipyard
cranes loom a mile to the south; a busy highway is 150 yards
to the north.
A soft darkness had fallen as the men cast their lures.
An oblong luminous blue blob circled, descended, hovered
Hickson said he and Parker were too stunned to run, and
in any case there was no place to flee.
An opening - not a door, simply an indescribable opening
- appeared in the side and three pale creatures came out,
paralyzed him, floated him into the craft, rotated him before
an instrument resembling a big eye, then put him back on
Parker, reported almost in shock when officers questioned
him three hours after the alleged encounter, said he blacked
out as the creatures approached and remembers no more of
weren't lying," said Howard Ellzy, chief investigator
for the Jackson County sheriff's department. "Whatever
it was, it was real to them."
Ellzy's evaluation was later backed up by a polygraph test
given both men.
Since then, Parker, a shy, lanky, unsophisticated youth
who came here to work at the shipyard with Hickson, has
returned home to Laurel, Miss.
Joe Colingo, counsel for the shipyard, said Parker was first
treated at a hospital for the stress of a "complete
physical and emotional breakdown."
For Hickson, things have been a bit better than he expected
when he decided that, "though I'll be the laughing
stock of the country," he had to tell the story so
government officials would know of it.
Government officials didn't show much interest. But Hickson,
convinced his UFO came from another world, said he was surprised
by the number of people who accepted that as logical.
He said he hadn't pondered the matter before Oct. 11 but
"I don't see why God would put life on just this one
small speck and no other place."
Ontario, STAR, 12 November 1975, page 1
saucer 'victim' in hospital
HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) - Travis Walton who is alleged to have
disappeared after being struck by a ray of light from an
unidentified flying object, was "on a craft of some
sort" and made contact with strange creatures, his
brother said Tuesday.
Duane Walton, 26, said he found Travis, 22, who now is in
hospital. However, he refused to say where.
Meanwhile, Navajo County sheriff Martin Gillespie said five
men who claimed they had seen Travis Walton struck by a
ray of light last week in northeast Arizona passed a lie-detector
test Tuesday. But Gillespie said he still wants to speak
with Walton himself.
The sheriff has described both brothers and their mother
as long-time students of UFOs. He also said he still had
"not overlooked the possibility" that the story
is a hoax.
Travis Walton disappeared last Wednesday. His six companions
said he left the truck they were riding in near Heber to
pursue an unidentified flying object in the woods.
The men said they were still in the truck about 25 yards
away when Walton was struck by "a ray of bluish light."
They said they drove off, frightened, but returned shortly
afterward and found no trace of Walton.
Ontario, STAR, 12 November 1975, page 26
say saucer swallowed their chum
HEBER, Ariz. (Reuters) - Six forestry workers were to be
given lie detector tests today to verify their story that
a co-worker disappeared after being struck down by a blue
ray from an object resembling a flying saucer.
After questioning the men about the incident, Navaho County
sheriff Marvin Gillespie told reporters: "I am not
a total disbeliever in the men's story."
The six men, working as a timber-thinning team in the Apache
national forest, 120 miles north of Phoenix, said they were
returning home at dusk Wednesday when they saw the object
hovering over the road ahead.
Travis Walton, 22, a seventh worker with the group, jumped
from the truck and ran forward to get a closer look.
Gillespie said the men reported that Walton was struck by
a blue light from the hovering object and fell to the ground.
The men were so frightened they drove away, leaving Walton
lying there, the sheriff said. When they returned about
15 minutes later, both Walton and the flying object were
Police searched for Walton on Thursday without success.
A second search during the weekend also failed to locate
Ontario, STAR, 31 August 1978, page 2
Spins across galaxy recalled under hypnosis
TORONTO (CP) - Leo Sprinkle, a psychologist at Wyoming University,
says he has hypnotized people who have seen unidentified
flying objects and now is convinced that "we are not
alone - humans are only a small part of the whole system."
Sprinkle, a guest speaker at the 86th annual convention
of the American Psychological Association, says he thinks
he can prove UFO watchers are not kooks.
During the last five years he says he has hypnotized 50
persons who said they were given mystery tours aboard alien
spaceships. Before hypnosis, the subjects had never been
able to remember what happened to them when they went for
a spin around the galaxy, Sprinkle said.
He said the subjects told him everything went blank as soon
as they made eye contact with the unearthly visitors.
After many hours of hypnosis, half the UFO watchers said
they could recall precise details of their black-out period,
Carl Higdon, 42, a Wyoming oil-well driller, told Sprinkle
he was on a hunting trip when he tried to shoot his rifle.
The shot travelled only 15 metres, then bounced off an invisible
wall. When Higdon turned around, he was facing a strange
Sprinkle said Higdon later described the creature as a humanoid
with frizzy hair and two small antennae, dressed in an astronaut's
jump suit. Instead of hands, it had cones which could beam
objects from one place to another.
Sprinkle said that under hypnosis, Higdon told of being
taken into a cubicle and transported to a master ship, a
huge illuminated structure shaped like a Christmas tree.
Carl described this under hypnosis, his eyes actually watered
because the ship's glare was so bright," Sprinkle said.
But once inside the master ship, Higdon recalled he was
told: "You're not what we want - you can go back."
Friends found him later that night wandering almost delirious
in dense forest.
was a hard-working, strong, silent type of guy and not at
all crazy," Sprinkle said. "I have concluded tentatively
there is little evidence to support the psychosis hypothesis
that only kooks see flying saucers."
Ontario, STAR, 5 August 1981, page 27
HER DATES WITH 'REAL MONSTERS'
Betty Ann Luca in Chesire, Conn., poses during the twelfth
annual Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Symposium held
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge,
Mass. with representations of 2 extraterrestrial creatures
she claims she encountered. Luca reports she was abducted
aboard a UFO in 1967.
Ontario, STAR, 13 September 1992, page 4
to blame for woman's 'missing time'
CALGARY (CP) - Many people have "missing time"
in their lives they can't account for, says a woman from
Langley, B.C., who believes she was abducted by aliens in
who have undergone trauma may not be able to remember it.
It's like missing time," says Linda Taylor, a registered
nurse and trauma counsellor.
may have been that they suffered from sexual abuse or an
accident or illness when they were young and it's been blocked
from their consciousness."
Taylor says that until she was in her 30s she was plagued
by the feeling that something traumatic happened to her
when she was four.
thought I'd been a sexual abuse victim."
When she confronted her parents about it, they told her
she'd been abducted by humanoids in a UFO near Langley and
examined on a table.
Since then, she's had "spontaneous recall" of
that event and subsequent other times aliens followed and
treat us like we treat bears," she says. "They
give us a shot, take us away, tag us, then drop us miles
from where they originally knocked us out."
Taylor says she feels more at peace with her experiences
since going public with them several months ago and by helping
other victims of aliens, childhood incidents and sexual
Taylor and Ed Hicks lectured about UFO experiences at the
ninth annual Psychic ESP Fair at the Calgary Convention
Centre, which also includes talks by psychics.
Hicks, from Tofield, Alta., says that crop circles found
in Alberta fields are mathematical signs given to us by
aliens that Earth is going through major weather, crop and
He says an alien gave him an idea for his invention, the
Dream Dome, a canopy put over a bed which reportedly aids
But not everyone is convinced spaceships have landed in
Alberta. There have been few UFO sightings in Calgary in
recent years, says Bill Peters, executive director of the
Alberta Science Centre.
one has convinced me that we're being visited by Little
Green Men," he says. "Most things that people
see in the sky have logical explanations."
Sightings around North America have dropped off in the past
five years, partly because of lack of evidence of UFOs,
which has "devolved the subject from science down to
the checkout counter tabloids."
live in a big, complex universe. We've learned in 5,000
years of astronomy not to set up our world as special and
Ontario, STAR, 20 March 1993, page 27
in the sky hero hounded by skeptics
PHOENIX (AP) - Travis Walton, whose UFO abduction story
is told in the movie Fire in the Sky, says he's hounded
by people who doubt him and seven fellow loggers.
Walton, 40, was a logger in northeastern Arizona when he
said he was lifted into the sky by an extraterrestrial beam
of light on Nov. 5, 1975. He said he reappeared five days
The movie has prompted a new attack on Walton's claim by
the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of
the Paranormal, which debunks supernatural claims.
clippings courtesy of The Sudbury Star.